Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Brightening up the kitchen

I should start out by saying I've never been a fan of white cabinets for my home. I'm just not. I know that's the trend (as in everyone is doing it), and they look pretty in other people's homes, but it's not been something I wanted. I love rich, dark wood with texture and love the warmth it provides. 

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Groovy, global spring home tour

Yes. I went there -- groovy, ha!  I've been seriously nostalgic about my 1970s childhood lately and felt like bringing some of the warmth I remember into my home this spring, and Marty's tour was just the perfect opportunity to share that with you all. If you're coming from Alicia's beautifully serene home at Thrifty and Chic, I'm so happy to have you here. Just be prepared for a color shock😉

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Setting a table for Easter

There's nothing prettier than a spring tablescape, so I thought I would show you some of my favorites that can be used for any occasion this time of year.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The red chairs

So I have these two white chairs - the plycraft Eames-style lounger and the french chair. 


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Flowers at Balsam Mountain Preserve

I always enjoy the opportunity to create something for Balsam Mountain Preserve, and during the winter, trying to be creative keeps me on my toes.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hygge and my favorite candles ever

Hygge (apparently pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah like we all thought) is a Danish concept that has been everywhere for a while, and as I am always late with everything, I thought it was about time to share with y'all my interpretation.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Design work and winter in the mountains

 Winter is here. 
I love winter. The reality is, though, I embrace the season I'm in because to wish for something else, seems to take away the enjoyment of living in the present.  

I had the opportunity to make winter wreaths for a friend in Eastern Tennessee. What a gorgeous farm she has, and it could not have been a more magical day when my dad and I drove up to install the wreaths.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas at Balsam Mountain Preserve

Once again, I had the pleasure of creating some Christmas spirit at beautiful Balsam Mountain Preserve. I added some holiday decor at the Boarding House, and by the front entrance which I'll show later.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

What? You don't like fruitcake??

If there is one food I cannot go through Christmas without, it is my mother's fruitcake. Yes, I said  it -- fruitcake.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

North Carolina farmhouse Christmas porch

I was super excited to find out we were going to get snow before Christmas! It seems like forever that we actually had snow during the season. 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Home Tour

I'm so excited to invite you all in for the Christmas tour of our little house in the mountains of Western North Carolina and thankful to Marty for inviting me again. She's the sweetest, and I'm honored to be part of this tour. 


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Super simple Thanksgiving table

It certainly seems like this season is flying by at warp speed, so I got myself together and set my Thanksgiving table. 

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Setting the Thanksgiving table

Let's talk about the Thanksgiving table, shall we? 
I love Thanksgiving so much and always look forward to it. We have spent many Thanksgivings either with troops and families overseas, or sharing with neighbors in our community who were in need, and I have always found it to be an inclusive and unifying holiday regardless of how or where I spent it. 

Now that we are settled here, I always host and love the chance to set a pretty table. I really think you can use just about anything -- from the good china and sterling to the everyday stoneware or whatever you use for everyday.
Just don't use paper plates, if possible, which are so wasteful and will end up in a landfill. However, I do realize there are situations where that is the best option and it will be just as special as anything else.
In any case, mix and match what you have, whatever that is, and you can make it special. 

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fall porch

 I struggled to get my porch decorated this year. With other design projects going on, combined with my own indecisiveness, I honestly thought I'd not get anything done.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Balsam Mountain Preserve -- Fall at the Boarding House

I had so much fun creating some seasonal decor at Balsam Mountain Preserve again this year and wanted to share what I did at the Boarding House.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Easy Fall centerpiece and morning shadows

 There are so many reasons I love this season, but one of my favorite is how the light changes and becomes so much more intense. 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Autumn dining

I was looking through photos on pinterest and was reminded how I used to set pretty tables at least once a week. Sigh. So I decided to get out the plates and flatware and set one.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Hickory Ridge Fall at Balsam Mountain Preserve

There is nothing like getting the opportunity to design something for an amazing house, right? So naturally I was excited to add some fall flair to Hickory Ridge at beautiful Balsam Mountain Preserve.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Porch inspiration

It's that time again, and not only am I styling my own fall porch, I've already started some fall design work at Balsam Mountain Preserve, so my head is full and overflowing with ideas to welcome this beautiful and colorful season.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Colorful Fall Home Tour

This. Is. My. Favorite season, and I look forward to it all year. I think it's all the yummy gorgeousness we can enjoy here in the North Carolina mountains, and there is something seasonally amazing for all the senses -- from roadside farmers markets and BBQ stands, to hay bales and corn shocks in the fields. Not to mention walls of saturated mountain color underneath Carolina blue skies. It's all good, and I always want to stop and take it all in as slowly as possible.

Today, I'm so excited to invite you into my mountain home for a fall tour. Marty, from A Stroll Thru Life, has put together this tour that has been going on all week. Be sure to click on each of the links at the bottom of this post so you don't miss any amazing inspiration. 

First, though, I always like to give a little background for anyone who is new here so, hopefully, things all make sense. If you are a faithful reader, skip on ahead:-)



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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cristian's room -- after

So, I did it in a weekend. For real. I cleaned out all the clutter, painted, rearranged furniture then styled Cristian's room. He is a happy guy, and I'm a happy mom to have a clean and organized room.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fall inspiration

I do not know how it happens, but every year it sneaks up, and again, here it is right around the corner -- Fall. I love everything about it, so no one is happier than I am anticipating the first cool morning and Carolina blue skies. 

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